GLENDALE, Ariz. – Alejandro Perez wasn’t long on words following his TKO of Matthew Lopez at UFC on FOX 29. However, he did make it clear what he wants next.
Perez (20-6-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) second-round stoppage of Lopez (10-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) pushed his unbeaten streak to six fights. He stumbled in his second UFC fight back in June 2015, but has since gone on a stellar run, the peak of which was his win on Saturday at UFC on FOX 29.
With the longest streak of UFC fights without a loss in the bantamweight division, Perez rightfully believes he’s due for a step up in competition. He not only has eyes on a top-10 foe, but also pulled Eddie Wineland’s (23-12-1 MMA, 5-6 UFC) name out of the bag when pressed for someone specific.
“With winning the six fights now I feel like I’m ready for the top 10,” Perez said through a translator. “I feel like I’m moving in the right direction. … I’m looking at Eddie Wineland. I think I match up well. People that are in front of me, not people that are behind me so I can keep moving up the ranks.”
UFC on FOX 29 took place at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz. The bantamweight bout between Perez and Lopez streamed on the early UFC Fight Pass prelims prior to the remainder of the card on FOX.
Perez was able to ware Lopez down with his pressure and in the second round found a home for his strikes. He hurt his opponent then a final flurry forced the referee to intervene.
Although there’s really no such thing as a perfect fight, Perez said he’s proud of what he did in the octagon. However, he admits there was room for improvement.
“I am happy with my performance,” Perez said. “I feel I want to do better.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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